Sound proofing your home

Noisy neighbours: If you're sick of being woken up at night, sound proofing your home could be a great problem solver. Photo: Shutterstock.
Noisy neighbours: If you're sick of being woken up at night, sound proofing your home could be a great problem solver. Photo: Shutterstock.

When purchasing or renovating a house, people usually have a similar agenda that they look at for improvements including kitchens, bathrooms, lighting, painting and garden makeovers, however one thing that is often missed however is noise pollution. More Australians in capital cities are residing in high density apartments compared to detached dwellings, and this trend is flowing on to regional areas with units and townhouses becoming more popular due to affordability.

This can result in a lack of sleep thanks to late night party-loving neighbours, unwanted day to day noises from those around you, or even a lack of quiet from inside your own home. Sound proofing your property can help prevent noise permeating from other rooms inside your property and also reduce outside noise from penetrating your home.

Top tips: There are a wide range of products available such as the Neighbour Zone Sound Reducing System to help sound proof your home. Photo: Supplied.

Top tips: There are a wide range of products available such as the Neighbour Zone Sound Reducing System to help sound proof your home. Photo: Supplied.

There are a few quick and easy ways to limit noise pollution throughout your home.

  • Plug sound leaks using acoustic sealant around gaps and eaves, along with door and window frames.
  • Change your doors from hollow core to solid doors.
  • Replace underlay with soundproofing versions under your carpet or floating floorboards.
  • Utilise rugs and carpets rather than naked floors to help dampen noise levels.

Replacing existing windows with double glazed glass is also a great way to increase the sound proofing levels in your home. While double glazed glass helps keep the noise of the world outside your home, it can also have other benefits including they are easier to keep clean, they are more energy efficient so can help with heating and cooling your home and best of all, they add value to your property's value..

Dampening effect: Additional layers to walls and flooring can help sound proof your home and add value along the way. Photo: Shutterstock.

Dampening effect: Additional layers to walls and flooring can help sound proof your home and add value along the way. Photo: Shutterstock.

There are also more involved approaches that may cost more, but will again provide much better results. While prices and the ability may vary between homes, options include installing soundproofing materials such as acoustic panels externally to your walls or installing further layers to walls and flooring to produce a dampening effect and reduce unwanted noise.

Systems such as the Neighbour Zone Sound Reducing System from plasterboard innovators, USG Boral, are ideal for renovations and retrofitting homes. It allows home owners to create more effective sound barriers for separating walls, common walls and ceilings, than standard plasterboard, with USG Boral category manager Christopher Lubbers saying unwanted noise can disrupt the comfort of those living in the home. "The Neighbour Zone system is a simple remedial solution to improve the acoustic performance of a space to create a more welcoming and liveable environment".

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